IMéRA: Call for applications┋“Science Meets Humanities” Programme

IMéRA is an institute for advanced study (AMU) and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study) and NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study).

Each year we receive some twenty researchers and artists (residents), all international. These resident researchers and artists are selected after an evaluation procedure with the most stringent international standards, shortlisting of applications and external evaluators.

IMéRA promotes innovative experimental interdisciplinary approaches in all areas of knowledge.

Since September 2016, the research activity within the institute has hinged around three structural programs following three cross-fertilization lines (Science Meets Humanities; Art, Science and Society; and Mediterranean programmes). In addition to these structural programs, a multi-annual thematic program conducive to interdisciplinary research entitled Global Phenomena and Regulation is deployed over the period 2017-2020.

“Science Meets Humanities” Programme

The Science Meets Humanities Programme is open to prominent researchers in hard and experimental science and in humanities and social science for research on fruitful cross-disciplinary themes.

The programme hinges on four themes:

  • Study of specific interdisciplinary fields in hard science and social science. Reflection can focus on method combination, innovation modes, social interaction conditions, etc.
  • Analysis of the conditions for proper social acceptance of scientific findings and innovations, particularly in areas where the assessment of uncertainties is part of these findings.
  • Relationship between digital research and digital humanities. Humanities are developing digital uses likely to inspire the orientations of numerical research, and vice versa. Epistemological reflection on these perspectives and their interactions comes from the reciprocal work and questioning of researchers in both fields.
  • Interdisciplinarity in cognitive science. Interaction between cognitive and linguistic psychology—including research on computer science—and neuroscience is already fertile. It also extends to social psychology, research on communication, and the relationship between neuroscience and economics. This line of research focuses on such interactions.

Two chairs reserved for experienced researchers (SIRIC—Integrated Cancer Research—and ILCB—Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain) and a residency in partnership with INSERM—National Institute for Health and Medical Research—are linked to this programme.

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above, or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

General program: Application and residency conditions

Schedule

  • Deadline : 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months
  • Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 8 Feb 2019 (5 months)
    • 20 Feb 2019 to 12 July 2019 (5 months)
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

For the 4 programmes: Applications are open to researchers of all disciplines, both junior and senior.

IMéRA also participates in the programs for “Researchers in exile” supported by the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (MESR).

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Carry out a project related to one of the 4 programmes (see above)
  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • With the exception of applicants to the programmes for "Researchers in exile", have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency

Remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Relevance of the research project in terms of its connection with the Aix-Marseille area (potential local resources – field, archives, etc.).

Residencies in partnership

ICLB

The ILCB (Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain) includes 10 research units (LPL, LPC, INS, INT, LNC, ISM, LIF, LSIS, LIA, I2M) and 6 experimental platforms (IRMf, MEG, EEG, TMS, Primatology, Virtual Reality) bringing together more than 150 statutory researchers on the Aix-Marseille-Avignon site. Its scientific project focuses on the cerebral basis of language and communication. The ILCB bears on knowledge acquired in the various relevant disciplines: linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, mathematics and medicine. In particular, the ILCB aims to study language production and perception not only in a controlled context, but also to open up new pathways for the study of its use in more natural contexts. The ILCB also has a support system for experiments with a service dedicated to data analysis and processing run by 4 scientific computing engineers.

The project proposed as part of this call should be interdisciplinary, centre on the cerebral bases of language or communication, and preferably involve collaboration between several ILCB units.

There are strong links between this chair and themes 4 (Cognitive perspectives) and 3 (Numerical research and digital humanities) of the programme. For example, there is close interaction between cognitive linguistics and computer science.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residence: 10 months
  • Residence period: 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to experienced researchers of all disciplines.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Carry out a research project in connection with the theme “Language, Communication and Brain”.

Remuneration

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3000 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with BLRI research centres: LPL (UMR 7309), LPC (UMR 7290), LIF (UMR 7279), LNC (UMR 7291), INT (UMR 7289), LIA (EA 4128), INS (INSERM 1106), LSIS (UMR 6168), I2M (UMR 7373), ISM (UMR 7287)

SIRIC

The Marseille SIRIC (Integrated Cancer Research Site) is one of the 8 sites that were granted approval by the National Cancer Institute in 2012. It brings together a critical mass of 750 researchers and physicians working in hospitals, the Paoli Calmettes Institute and Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille. Its teams are multidisciplinary and include both cancer clinicians and researchers working on subjects ranging from fundamental aspects to clinical applications to socio-economic aspects.

The IMéRA/SIRIC Chair is aimed at scientists of all disciplines presenting a project in connection with cancer research.

The links between biology, chemistry, medicine and translational research correspond to theme 1. Public health issues (e.g. attitude towards vaccination), diagnosis announcement and democracy in health institutions correspond to theme 2.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residence: 10 months
  • Residence period: 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to senior researchers of all disciplines.

Senior Class: researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Carry out a research project focusing on oncology.   

Remuneration

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3000 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with SIRIC-Marseille partner research centres as well as with Aix-Marseille University research centres and teams. It is essential to have got in touch with a researcher of the team aimed before submitting an application.

Inserm

Inserm (National Institute for Health and Medical Research), through its institutional missions of theoretical and applied research on life science and health, aims to advance scientific knowledge and promote the transfer of such knowledge towards clinical applications.

Research on life and health often requires interdisciplinary interactions (theme 1); the issues of acceptance or acceptability by the public of the conditions in which research is carried out and the technological innovations it leads to (e.g. experiments on animals, genetic engineering, etc.) fall under theme 2.

Schedule

  • Deadline: 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residences: 3 months
  • Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates):
    • between September and December 2018
    • between January and June 2019.

Who can qualify ?

Inserm/IMéRA residency is open to junior researchers from all countries specialized in Biomedicine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics.

To be eligible, scientist applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Be specialized in Biomedecine, Biophysics, Bioinformatics or Health Economics

Remuneration

The INSERM/IMéRA resident receives a monthly allowance of 2000 euros.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with Inserm laboratories Aix-Marseille Region.
Application date
18 Sep 2017
Duration
5 or 10 months
Country
Europe France South-East
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 2.000-3.000/month
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